Pool Moon Elephant: “Island’s Eye” – the elder statesmen of modern dance music

In the last 6 or 7 years electronic dance music has turned into an even bigger monster. Avicii dominated Spotify, David Guetta headlined festivals, and Calvin Harris is one of the world’s highest-paid performers. It means that festival line-ups, the charts, and some would even argue Ibiza, are oversaturated with the stuff. But the Swiss electronic duo who go by the name of Pool Moon Elephant prove they can also hold their own relevance in a very busy genre. Riccardo Studer and Ivan Nurchis, this time around, use intriguing collaborations to remix their single “Island’s Eye” which has been released in 3

M.C. ZackAttack: “Rap Or Die!” – on his daily grind!

Zachery Duncan, or rather M.C. ZackAttack , has been influenced by new age lyrical poets who speak their mind through music since 2010. Soon he’ll be releasing his newest mixtape “Mind Over Madness”. M.C. ZackAttack  has recently dropped his single, “Rap Or Die!” Let me start off by saying this track isn’t for everyone, you either love it or hate it, I would say it’s a hit and miss for certain people.  We all know that the quality of hip-hop has gone downhill, with a lot of artists either going for shock value with vulgar lyrics or relying heavily on glossy production

MoEoStAr: “Algorythmic Intelligence” – You’ll find a sense of comfort in the quaintness

Norwegian Independent producer Mattias Gillis Winge Rudh better known as MoEoStAr, played the clarinet and saxophone in various bands while growing up. He started producing in the 1990s, but gave it up while pursuing an engineering degree. For a period in his life, he was simply an active music listener, until he discovered the new production software via a smartphone app. In 2016 he started the “less than a $1000 Album” project, where he aims to produce and release a full album on a $1000 budget. In the meantime MoEoStAr has dropped the single, “Algorythmic Intelligence”. Notwithstanding its modern technological

J.Dot & KD: “To Whom It May Concern” – Low on frills and rich with introspection!

I noticed that J.Dot makes his best music when he’s rapping about being a responsible man, or when he’s creating something with substance and meaning, as opposed to trying to make contemporary radio hits or battle rhymes (although he is an excellent wordsmith).  This is mostly what happens on his 4 track EP, “To Whom It May Concern”, that narrates the evolution of relationships in its various forms. To put it all in perspective, this sounds like a powerful and mature work. Something tells me J.Dot experienced things that impacted him over the past years and this album is bred

Jack Soundfield: “Shine” – You can dig deep or soar to the shore

By profession Jack Soundfield is an engineer who has travelled around the world. He has lived in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Besides uncovering the secrets of the globe Jack has a passion for music and experimenting with instruments and sounds.  “Before publishing a song, it is mine alone,” says Soundfield. “After publishing it, anyone can listen to it and decide whether to identify with it, or love it, or both.” Jack, who has been composing music since 2009, recently released his debut album, entitled “Shine”. “I have to admit,” explained Soundfield, “that my girlfriend – a solfège teacher of the

G.H. Hat: “Piano Jam 2 (Ode To Kygo)” – an authentic human expression

Modern acceptance, or lack there of, in electronic music hardly comes as a surprise. Just look back through the history of music and how the 17th century technology spread. Musicians no longer had to master a particular bow technique on the violin or cello in order to play the perfect note – They just had to press a key. Can you imagine the horror of the purists at the time? They probably all thought that the piano was destroying the soul of the music. What it did though was simplify things. It reduced what was really essential and human. People

JaVez: “When I Was Uptown” has the power to captivate audiences

JaVez is a 23 year old Maryland recording artist who sings, raps, produces, and mixes his own music. The self-taught Baltimore area artist has a penchant for Kanye West, Usher, Jay Z, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown. He also grew up listening to singers like Brian McKnight and R. Kelly. JaVez plans to one day be a successful CEO of a record label and iconic recording artist. JaVez is the true definition of an artist, he isn’t afraid to be himself and put himself out there. The lyrics alone prove that. Add in some fantastic production and the

HR Live At CBGB’s 1984 – an essential part of alternative music and punk culture

HR is most well known as the lead singer of revolutionary reggae punk rock band Bad Brains. In their day Bad Brains could have been easily mentioned in the same breath as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols or The Clash, such was their greatness. Yet the band has evolved many times in its long history, playing across many genres of music including jazz, hardcore punk, alternative rock and reggae. HR has been making music since 1976 with Bad Brains, and along the way until today, he has been acclaimed for his reckless punk screaming just as much as he has

Callum Crighton: “The Rose” – a strong ear-catching melody

Even while everything I know about my musical taste should violently reject the cheese-camp synth pop and adorable mainstream swoon songs of the 80’s, I’ve enjoyed that music ever since I was first tricked into listening to the smooth, velvety crooning of the Brit pop chart invasion during that period. I can’t really explain why I loved that music so much, I guess for the same reason people eat cheesecake: It’s loaded with sugar, almost unbearably sweet, and probably isn’t the healthiest for you, but goddamn if it doesn’t make you feel so good inside when you eat it up.

Virgil Blue: “Pain Of Loss” – gorgeous washes of sound

Virgil Blue has released his debut EP entitled “Pain Of Loss”. Inspired and influenced by Prince and Sade, Virgil, a multi-instrumentalist who started out making music at the age of six, when he picked up the saxophone, produced much of the music that can be heard on this EP. Virgil who recently moved from the suburbs of Detroit to LA has put together 6 smooth trance-like tracks that that flaunts ambient, RnB and trip-hop flavors. If you’re looking for something atmospheric and hypnotizing, then this recording may be of serious interest to you. Fragile, tender and soulful, Virgil Blue’s voice will

The Young Slugs Interview

Jerome Thompson aka Young Slugs Black Montana was born and raised in Gulfport, MS in a hood called Turnkey. Slugs started rapping at age ten. Six years later he and his cousin started their own label called King O Production, a dedication to their grandfather. He did three mixtapes but never released them.

Then, at the age of seventeen, the young phenom hooked up with G.Chill, Ballistik, Bubble Eyez as Coast Guard. They, along with in house producer DJ Sauce, began putting their talent together for the newly formed Indisputed Records. Shortly after they dropped Coast Guard Vol.1.

In 2005, around the time that they dropped Takin Shots, they got back together and started recording tracks for Vol.2, the sequel to the first Coast Guard album. However it was never released due to situations within the label.

In 2006, Slugs was in and out of jail for various felony charges in which he was later convicted of in 2007. After a light 18 months serve on house arrest, he was shot 4 times a couple days after he was released. A year after recovering and back walking,working out and best of all speaking to Yall through the Mic, he dropped “Who Put Dis Together” In 2009, “Me, I Want Whats Coming To Me” in 2010, and on his birthday November 17 – 2011, he did what is said to be some of his best work , “My World” which is Black Montana Volume III.

Young Slugs Black Montana

Rick Jamm recently interviewed Young Slugs. Here are his thoughts on the business and his work.

1. How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?

YOUNG SLUGS: I have been doing this since about 1996. My older Cousin built us an in house studio and started showing me how to flow.

2. Who were the first influences on your music and style?

YOUNG SLUGS: The Hotboys, Bone Thugs n Harmony, 2pac, Young Jeezy

3. In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?.

YOUNG SLUGS: Lil Wayne. He not only got himself at the top of the game, He got at least to other artist that’s at the top as well.

4. Describe the first piece of musical equipment that you actually purchased with your own money.

YOUNG SLUGS: A microphone.

5. Do you think music today is enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?

YOUNG SLUGS: Mostly Beats

6. Which famous song or musical composition do you wish you had created and why?

YOUNG SLUGS: …?

7. Do you like doing collaborations, if so, with whom would you like to collaborate in future?

YOUNG SLUGS: Many Men By 50Cent

8. Which of your original compositions is your personal favorite, and why?

YOUNG SLUGS: Tell Me What I Did. Just cause of my emotions in it…

9. Which ingredient do you think is most essential in making your music the way it is?

YOUNG SLUGS: My life and situations I’m in daily.

10. Which emotion mostly dominates your music?  Is it joy, sadness or anger, and why?

YOUNG SLUGS:  Mostly mixed it depends on how I’m feeling that day.

11. What aspect of the music making process excites you most?

YOUNG SLUGS: When I put my lyrics to a beat.

12. What aspect of the music making process discourages you most?

YOUNG SLUGS: When a hook is awful.

13. How involved are you in the recording, producing and mastering process of your music and do you outsource any part of this process?

YOUNG SLUGS: I’m very involved. I have the final say so before its put out…

14. The best piece of advice in this business you actually followed (and one you didn’t, but now know you should have)?

YOUNG SLUGS: Its ain’t always about how good the music is. It’s all about talking with the right people.

15. At this time in your career, as an independent artist, which is the one factor you desire most (increased music distribution, better quality production, more media exposure etc…)?

YOUNG SLUGS: Music Distribution and more Media Exposure..

16. Which is your favorite distribution platform ( Tunecore, Audiolife, CD Baby, Your own Website, etc…) and why?

YOUNG SLUGS: Youtube cause it easy to access…

17. How do you handle criticism? Who has been your worst critic, if any?

YOUNG SLUGS: I’m fine with criticism, and I’m my worst critic.

18. Is going platinum or winning a Grammy important you? Where would you like to see your career within 5 years?

YOUNG SLUGS: Yes, I want to do both. Hopefully I will win several in the next 5yrs!

19. What in your opinion is the biggest barrier an artist like yourself, has to face and overcome, to gain any commercial success?

YOUNG SLUGS: Radio play cause I’m not all that commercial.

20. If you were not a music artist, what would you be doing today?

YOUNG SLUGS: Professional Athlete or back in the Streets lol…

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